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Bone of Contention
Season 3, Episode 20
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Air date 11 Mar 1995
Written by Danna Doyle, Debbie Smith
Directed by Victor Lobl
Episode guide
Baby Outlaws
The Permanence of Change

Bone of Contention is the twentieth episode of Season 3 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the sixty-first episode of the series.

Dr. John Porter, a paleontologist, visits Colorado Springs in search of dinosaur bone. While in town, he starts to dig at Cheyenne burial sites, despite the fact he didn't check with the Cheyenne and the Cheyenne are against it. When Dr. Mike, Sully, and the Cheyenne try to stop him, he ignores their warnings. In return, the dog soldiers remove a body (Maude Bray's) from the town cemetery in an effort to get the residents to understand.


  •  Jake, Hank, and Loren team up to make a new dinosaur, and use wolf and sheep bones, as well as the bone Loren uses as a door stop, the only actual dinosaur bone in the "dinosaur."
  • Dr. Mike packed her doll and clothes and ran away to South Station when she was 7
  • Loren sees Dr. Mike as the best talker in town
  • Character Arc: Ethan Cooper, part 2 of 6. Although Ethan Cooper doesn’t appear in this episode, the bone he gave Brian in  Father's Day is a focal point between the three siblings. Matthew and Colleen hide Brian's dinosaur bone that he received from Ethan Cooper in the episode Father's Day. Matthew and Colleen hid the bone to keep Brian from being hurt if the bone didn't turn out to be real. Brian decides in the end to give the bone to Cloud Dancing to be buried in the Indian burial ground. Ethan will make his second and final appearance in the two-part episode Cooper vs. Quinn.
  • Note: This episode was aired out of order. This the last appearance of Erika Flores as Colleen, and follows the episode "Indian Agent."


  • hurt soldier

Dr. Quinn Episodes
Season 1 "Pilot" • "Epidemic" • "The Visitor" • "Law of the Land" • "The Healing" • "Father's Day "• "Bad Water" • "The Great American Medicine Show" • "A Cowboy's Lullaby" • "Running Ghost" • "The Prisoner" • "Happy Birthday" • "Rite of Passage" • "Heroes" • "The Operation" • "The Secret" • "Portraits"
Season 2 "The Race" • "Sanctuary" • "Halloween" • "The Incident" • "Saving Souls" • "Where the Heart Is" • "Giving Thanks" • "Best Friends" • "Sully's Choice" • "Mike's Dream: A Christmas Tale" • "Crossing the Line" • "The Offering" • "The Circus" • "Another Woman" • "Orphan Train" • "Buffalo Soldiers" • "Luck of the Draw" • "Life and Death" • "The First Circle" • "Just One Lullaby" • "The Abduction" • "The Campaign" • "The Man in the Moon" • "Return Engagement"
Season 3 "The Train" • "Fathers and Sons" • "Cattle Drive" • "The Library" • "Halloween II" • "The Washington Affair" • "Money Trouble" • "Thanksgiving" • "Ladies Night" • "The First Christmas" • "Indian Agent" • "The End of the World" • "Pike's Peace" • "Cooper vs. Quinn" • "What Is Love?" • "Things My Father Never Taught Me" • "Baby Outlaws" • "Bone of Contention" • "The Permanence of Change" • "Washita" • "Sully's Recovery" • "Ready or Not" • "For Better or Worse"
Season 4 "A New Life" • "Traveling All-Stars" • "Mothers and Daughters" • "Brother's Keeper" • "Halloween III" • "Dorothy's Book" • "Promises, Promises" • "Expedition" • "One Touch of Nature" • "Hell on Wheels" • "Fifi's First Christmas" • "Change of Heart" • "Tin Star" • "If You Love Someone" • "The Iceman Cometh" • "Dead or Alive" • "Deal with the Devil" • "Eye for an Eye" • "Hearts and Minds" • "Reunion" • "Woman of the Year" • "Last Chance" • "Fear Itself" • "One Nation" • "When a Child Is Born"
Season 5 "Runaway Train" • "Having It All" • "Malpractice" • "All That Glitters..." • "Los Americanos" • "Last Dance" • "Right or Wrong" • "Remember Me" • "Legend" • "The Tempest" • "Separate but Equal" • "A Place to Die" • "Season of Miracles" • "The Dam" • "Farewell Appearance" • "The Most Fatal Disease" • "Colleen's Paper" • "A House Divided" • "Hostage" • "The Body Electric" • "Before the Dawn" • "Starting Over" • "His Father's Son" • "Moment of Truth"
Season 6 "Reason to Believe" • "All That Matters" • "A Matter of Conscience" • "The Comfort of Friends" • "Wave Goodbye" • "A Place Called Home" • "Lead Me Not" • "A Time to Heal" • "Civil Wars" • "Safe Passage" • "Homecoming" • "Point Blank" • "Seeds of Doubt" • "Seven Kinds of Lonely" • "Life in the Balance" • "Happily Ever After" • "Birdman" • "Vengeance" • "To Have and to Hold" • "The Fight" • "A New Beginning "
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